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Beale Unit Set to be Deactivated by September

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Beale Air Force Base. (File photo)


Almost 200 people are set to lose their jobs at Beale Air Force Base after officials announced the impending deactivation of the 13th Reconnaissance Squadron.

Sep. 29 will be the last day of the squadron.

The cuts result from the National Defense Authorization Act, which slashed funding for the unit.

Officials note that there have been talks to cut the unit since October 2012.

A counterpart of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, the 13th RS helps fly and maintain the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk – an unmanned surveillance plane.

The squadron boasts 80 full-time people and 115 reservists. Beale officials say that the fiscal impact of the squadron’s deactivation could total more than $11 million.

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